Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula: the wild ‘90s horror film that holds up

What did the Polygon employees spend their weekend watching? Whether or not it’s the newest virally in style Netflix collection, discovering an animated gem, or educating ourselves in older style classics, most of us discover one thing price recommending earlier than we head again to work.

And as standard, the solutions vary extensively, as some folks take a look at what’s new and in style on streaming companies, and a few return to previous favorites. So right here’s what we’re watching proper now, and what you may get pleasure from watching as nicely. Head to the feedback to drop in your individual suggestions.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Dracula (gary oldman) holds a lantern

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Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of Dracula completely slaps. It stars ’90s heartthrobs Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder because the novel’s protagonist Jonathan Harker and his bride-to-be Mina, in addition to legends like Gary Oldman as Dracula, Anthony Hopkins as Professor Van Helsing, Richard E. Grant as Physician Jack Seward, and Tom freakin’ Waits because the mad minion Renfield.

Coppola’s course is steel as hell. The opening scene sees Rely Dracula plunging his sword right into a stone cross that cracks and begins filling the room with blood. Coppola was impressed by the silent movie period and wished all of his results to be sensible — he even advised EW that he fired his VFX workforce once they advised him it couldn’t be carried out and employed his son, Roman, who was “an fanatic about magic.” Problematic nepotism apart, the impact labored. Bram Stoker’s Dracula has a uniquely goth visible type. (In that very same interview he referred to as Keanu Reeves “a prince,” which is categorically right.) —Emily Heller

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is out there to hire on Amazon, Vudu, and Apple.

Moonstruck

Cher and Nic Cage in Moonstruck at the opera

Picture: MGM

[Loud, completely off-key voice you only get from staying inside for seven months] WHEN THE MOON HITS YOUR EYES LIKE A BIG PIZZA PIE, THAT’S AMOOOOOOORE!!!!!

Moonstruck is thought to be one of many nice romantic comedies of all time, however mio dio, it’s actually the antidote to dangerous vibes. Written by acclaimed New Yawk playwright John Patrick Shanley, the movie stars Cher as Loretta Castorini, a widow hoping to lastly land a husband and a gradual life. However when Johnny (Danny Aiello), the person she settles for, jets off to Sicily to take care of his dying mom, she meets his brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage), a greasy 23-year-old who falls head over heels in love along with her at first sight. The sentiments are reciprocated, and abruptly the girl who by no means thought she’d love once more is caught in a romantic quagmire.

Shanley’s film is like My Huge Fats Greek Wedding ceremony with fewer jokey jokes and deeper characters. Though it’s one in every of his earliest performances, Cage slices off kilos of prosciutto in each scene — it’s simply whacked. Cher is the other: grounded, fierce, however susceptible (it’s no shock she gained the Oscar in 1988). Director Norman Jewison (Fiddler on the Roof, Rollerball) surrounds the pair with a forged of professionals, together with the regal Olympia Dukakis as Loretta’s mom, Vincent Gardenia because the bozo dad, and Frasier’s John Mahoney in a small however key function taking part in the quintessential, pathetic womanizer. Many of the film takes place in Brooklyn Heights throughout winter, and for those who’ve ever clocked time strolling New York streets by means of a bitter freeze or ducked right into a family-run Italian joint for refuge, pasta, and a stiff drink, the film will transport you. It’s alive sufficient that it could work even for those who don’t have the recollections. —Matt Patches

Moonstruck is out there to hire on Amazon, and is coming to the Criterion Assortment in November.

The Outpost

The Outpost: Scott Eastwood as a soldier

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I’m a sucker for an excellent warfare film, even those that damage … and The Outpost damage fairly a bit. It’s largely a narrative of our army being supremely negligent, and the troubled younger males who finally paid for its errors. However the meat of the movie — the frilly engagement generally known as the Battle of Kamdesh, ain’t half dangerous.

A troubled manufacturing (the director’s son handed part-way by means of), it feels rather a lot like two movies spliced collectively. The again half is rather a lot higher than the primary, particularly because it doesn’t embody any of Orlando Bloom’s preposterous Southern drawl. However even that portion of the movie feels rushed — particularly the CGI particular results. I’d suggest watching it the entire approach by means of, simply to get a sense for what we ask our armed service members to do once they go off to warfare.

I can’t say sufficient concerning the efficiency of Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Exterior Ebbing, Missouri), who offers its sprawling forged an emotional centerline. His efficiency is almost undone nevertheless by Scott Eastwood (The Destiny of the Livid, Pacific Rim: Rebellion), whose try and be Mormon Captain America falls flat.

Earlier than you watch this film, do your self a favor and watch the 2 episodes of Netflix’s Medal of Honor that it offers with. Mixed, episodes 2 (Clint Romesha) and eight (Ty M. Carter) provide first-person interviews with the troopers who have been really there and supplies a greater framework for understanding the battle scenes, which at instances undergo from directorial tunnel imaginative and prescient.

If you’re completed, return and watch Restrepo once more. And don’t overlook to vote. —Charlie Corridor

The Outpost and Medal of Honor are each streaming on Netflix. Restrepo is out there by means of Amazon.


PEN15

The stars of Pen15 in front of high school lockers

Photograph: Hulu

I believed it will take some convincing to get my spouse to observe PEN15 with me: She doesn’t do nicely with cringe-fests, and once I talked about that the collection was executive-produced by The Lonely Island, she mentioned, “You realize that’s not a promoting level for me.” (I did know that.) In actuality, all it took was the trailer, through which the present’s inherently humorous, novel conceit — early-30s co-creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle taking part in their middle-school-aged selves, the characters Maya Ishii-Peters and Anna Kone, with no de-aging — is on full show.

The trailer additionally incorporates an instant-classic line spoken by Anna to Maya: “You might be my precise rainbow gel pen in a sea of blue and black writing utensils.” PEN15 is a pitch-perfect nostalgia journey for Outdated Millennials like us, with its dial-up modems, bubblegum pop, and frosted lip gloss. (In actual fact, my spouse, similar to Maya and Anna, began seventh grade within the 12 months 2000.) And naturally, it may be completely devastating when it illustrates simply how a lot hasn’t modified over the previous twenty years, like ladies being labeled “slutbags” whereas boys are referred to as “gamers.”

However the present’s beating coronary heart is the friendship between the 2 ladies, who’re at that fraught age the place all the pieces’s altering and every new improvement is a life-or-death second and BFFLs won’t really find yourself being, y’know, BFFLs. It’s by means of the ups and downs of that relationship that PEN15 presents a refreshingly sincere and honest portrayal of center college. —Samit Sarkar

PEN15’s second season premiered on Sept. 18; each seasons can be found to stream on Hulu.

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